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Poster: damageddad Date: May 11, 2012 4:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: public domain question 4 spanish laurel /hardy hardy

in 1930 laurel and hardy made a short in spanish it was an extended remake of "blotto" with the same sets but a different cast...and they also spoke spanish in their own voice..I'm sure it was copyrighted but cant see if it was renewed..can anyone help?

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Poster: oldbones Date: May 11, 2012 5:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: public domain question 4 spanish laurel /hardy hardy

The short 'Blotto' was indeed renewed. See below.

BLOTTO, a photoplay in two reels by
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing
Corp. © 13Feb30; LPIO89. Hal
Roach Studios (PWH); 10Sep57;
R198852.

According to Wikipedia the title of this short in
Spanish is 'La Vida Nocturna'. (See L&H filmography here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel_and_Hardy_filmography)

A search of the registration catalog covering the year in question shows no registration. A search of the renewal catalogs of 1957 & 1958 show no renewals. Just for grins a search of USCO comes up empty. Going on this I would have to think PD, but hey, what do I know. Now if the movie was lacking a proper copyright notice....I think that would cinch it.

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Poster: migre Date: May 11, 2012 7:03pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: public domain question 4 spanish laurel /hardy hardy

Do both you @$$holes work for MGM's legal dept, or just 1 of you?

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Poster: Mr Cranky Date: May 12, 2012 3:52am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: public domain question 4 spanish laurel /hardy hardy

migr@, please reread the post and mind your grammar. You spelled some words incorectly.
It may be the film was not copyrighted correctly, making the 80 year old work mentioned Public Domain. Posting the film might allow others to further determine if it was.
On a separate note, there are many of the early L&H movies done in other languages. L&H were very interesting businessmen who took advantage of their works international possibilities after the invention of sound recorded film.

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Poster: damageddad Date: May 12, 2012 3:44pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: public domain question 4 spanish laurel /hardy hardy

I looked at the copyright date on the title card of the film...it says 1929!..so I wnt to the us copyright web site and looked it up..It only allows you to serch from 1977 to present,I looked it up anyway...this is where it really is strange..it was renewed in 1997 in argentina...along with another film called "marijuana"...now I know for a fact that film is pd...I owned a copy on dvd...on vhs and even a super8 sound film copy!!!...so I have concluded that someone in argentina has been smoking marijuana!...this has happened to me every time I search on usco 's site...I find what I'm searching for but the dated for the re registration are always 50years or more to late...I'm goin to give it a shot and upload it...if you don't hear from me again I'll be in an argentinian prison eating mangos and watching my super 8 print of "marijuana"...by the way thank you for your help

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Poster: damageddad Date: May 13, 2012 3:41pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: public domain question 4 spanish laurel /hardy hardy

After all these years of seeing people look up copyright renewals, I have finaly discovered how to do it.hooray for me. since I'm doing my spring cleaning,I'm also going thru my collection of old movies and short films and after 5 years of downloading things from here I'm now able to share some pretty rare films on here...not all especialy good but not really all that bad..I've got a lot of free time- now that I am disabled..but when I'm feeling up to it, I will also check on the renewal staus of films already on here- especialy going thru the cartoon dept here- I just can't believe that some of the warner bros. and mgm cartoons have been posted here as well as some things I've seen in th short film area